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Study into local planning delivery commissioned by RTPI

Words: Laura Edgar
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Planning service resourcing, staffing pressures and delivery structures in local planning authorities in the South East and North West of England will be the focus of a new study commissioned by the RTPI.

The institute has commissioned consultancy Arup to undertake the study.

Investing in Delivery in the South East and North West will consider future investment and funding opportunities outlined in the housing white paper. It also builds on the conclusions of 2015 RTPI/Arup research on Public Sector Resources and Positive Planning.

The government has said it will secure financial sustainability for planning departments and ensure the planning system has the skilled professionals it needs to deliver.

Additionally, it said councils will be allowed to increase planning fees by 20 per cent if the additional income is invested in planning departments, while successful councils will be able to increase them by a further 20 per cent. However, this was due to come into force in the summer, with draft regulations having been laid before Parliament. This has not yet happened.

The RTPI said it expects the increase to apply in the new year,

Harry Burchill, policy officer at the RTPI, said: “With some announcements in the Autumn Budget having an impact on local authority capacity, it is all the more important to get the most up to date picture and share good practice in how councils are innovating and coping amid constrained resources.

"This survey will aim to do this across urban and rural authorities in the North West and South East. We very much hope that all concerned will take part in the survey.”

The research has a number of objectives, including to establish the current position in local planning departments with regard to positive and innovative planning policy and development management practice.

It will cover the following themes: planning resource; planning service investment and income; performance; influence of planning; and planning culture and behaviours.

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